Again this year, MSP troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).
“As part of Operation C.A.R.E. and the statewide Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign, troopers will take a zero-tolerance approach to unbuckled motorists,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “In addition to looking for safety belt and child restraint violations, troopers will pay special attention to drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs or are driving in a reckless and unsafe manner.”
The official Memorial Day weekend begins Friday, May 27 at 6 p.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 30. Last year, six fatal traffic crashes resulted in eight deaths over the Memorial Day weekend.
Operation C.A.R.E. was formed to deter three causes of highway fatalities: aggressive driving, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.
Operation C.A.R.E. began in 1977 as a collaborative effort between the MSP and the Indiana State Police and is one of the nation’s longest-running traffic safety initiatives. Today, it includes state police and highway patrol agencies from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Quebec Police Force and the U.S. Virgin Islands.